Spring 2017

Patterns of Change


John McBrideVariety was the spice of John D. McBride’s professional life. After attending the University of Wichita for two years, he transferred to the University of Kansas, from which he received both bachelor’s and law degrees.

He served in the U.S. Air Force in the office of the Judge Advocate General, stationed at Portsmouth, N.H., for two years, before returning to his hometown of Wichita to practice law, first with the firm of Martin & Pope and then with White & Fry.

McBride then changed his career track and returned to school to study anthropology, earning a doctorate at Southern Illinois. A cultural anthropologist with interests in linguistics, he began teaching at Wichita State in 1965, developing a reputation as a compelling, entertaining and popular classroom lecturer – and not only in the academic discipline of anthropology.

Later on, he also taught business classes at WSU, retiring as associate professor emeritus of finance, real estate, and decision sciences. An avid sports fan, especially of the Wichita State Shockers, McBride enjoyed playing tennis. His wife Flavia ’94, who died in 2014, shared her husband’s love of the Shockers, but preferred swimming over tennis.

In recognition of Flavia’s love of swimming and their enjoyment of campus life at Wichita State, the McBrides created the Flavia and John McBride WSU Heskett Center Education Fund. The fund focuses on training future lifeguards and teaching adults to swim.

John McBride died Dec. 30, 2016 in Wichita.


Dave The Rave

Dave Stallworth fs ’65 is a Shocker basketball legend. His No. 42 jersey, one of only five to be retired, hangs high from the rafters of Charles Koch Arena.

Grace Under Pressure

Linwood B. Sexton ’48 wore jersey No. 66 as a record-breaking halfback for the University of Wichita Shockers.

Patterns of Change

Variety was the spice of John D. McBride’s professional life.

Artful in Business

Linda L. (Howard) Brantner ’74/90 was one of those key Wichita people almost everyone knew.

Building Bridges

Reza Sarhangi ’89/94, professor of mathematics at Towson University in Maryland, is said to have had an obsession: connecting the fields of mathematics, science and art.

Dharma's Garden

Although his work plate was more than full, Dharma deSilva still found time to enjoy and share the tastes of his native Sri Lanka.

In Memoriam

Leaving lasting legacies are these Wichita State University alumni and friends.